Collier

 

Sgt. Morris Stanland Collier


Born: 14 June 1918 - Mercer County, Kentucky
    - first name: Maurice - may have changed it
    - used "Morris" on his military records 

Mother: Dametnes Collier & Maggie Carey-Collier

Siblings: 3 sisters, 2 brothers

    - 1940 - his siblings and him were living with his oldest brother 

Home: 212 Rose Hill Lane - Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Occupation: Road Construction

Enlisted: Kentucky National Guard

Inducted: U. S. Army - 25 November 1940

Training:

    - Fort Knox, Kentucky

    - Camp Polk, Louisiana

Overseas Duty:

    - U.S.A.T Hugh L. Scott
        - Boarded: San Francisco - Monday -  27 October 1941
        - Sailed: same day
        - Arrived: Honolulu, Hawaii - Sunday - 2 November 1941
            - soldiers were given shore leave to see the sights
        - Sailed: Tuesday - 4 November 1941
        - Arrived: Guam - not known
            - ships took on bananas, vegetables, coconuts, and water
        - Sailed: next day
        - Arrived: Manila, Philippine Islands - Thursday - 20 November 1941

            - soldiers bused to Ft. Stotsenburg
            - maintenance section remained at pier to unload tanks

Stationed:
        - Ft. Stotsenburg
            - General Edward King met the soldiers when they arrived
           
    - apologized to soldiers about living conditions
                - lived in tents along main road between fort and Clark Airfield

                - made sure they all had Thanksgiving Dinner before he had his dinner 

Engagements: 

    - Northern Luzon

        - 8 December 1941 - 6 January 1942 

    - Battle of Bataan

        - 7 January 1942 - 9 April 1942 

Prisoner of War:

    -Unknown - He may have escaped to Corregidor 

POW Camps: 

    - Philippine Islands:

        - Cabanatuan
            - hospitalized - Thursday - 18 June 1942 - malaria
                - discharged - Saturday - 5 September 1942
            - hospitalized - Wednesday- 14 April 1943
                - discharged - no date given

    Japan:

        - Omine Machi

            - Work:  coal mining

                 - Shifts: 9 Hours 30 minutes

Hell Ship:

    - Canadian Inventor

        - Sailed: Manila - 4 July 1944

            - ship returned to Manila because of boiler problems - 5 July 1944

            - remained in port for eleven days for repairs

        - Sailed: Manila - 16 July 1944 

            - ship experienced more boiler problems

            - convoy left Canadian Inventor behind

        - Arrived: Takao, Formosa - 23 July 1944

            - remained in port while salt was loaded onto ship

        - Sailed: Takao - 4 August 1944

            - ship made way along west coast of Formosa to Keelung

        - Arrived: Keelung Harbor - 5 August 1944

            - stayed in harbor for twelve days

        - Sailed: Keelung Harbor - 17 August 1944

            - as Canadian Inventor approached Ryuku Islands, north of Formosa. it had

              more boiler problems

        - Arrived: Naha, Okinawa - unknown

            - boiler repairs were made

        - Sailed: Naha - Unknown

        - Arrived: Moji, Japan - 1 September 1944

Liberated: 15 September 1945
Evacuated: 16 September 1945
    - Wakayama, Japan
        - POWs boarded onto U.S.S. Consolation
            - records indicate he had beriberi
            - returned to Philippines
Sailed: Manila - U.S.S. Marine Shark - October 1945
Arrived: Seattle, Washington - 1 November 1945

Discharged: 8 April 1946

Married: Mildred Sponcil

Children: 2 sons

Employed: Lexington-Blue Grass Army Depot, Avon, Kentucky

Died: 13 January 1993 - Nicholasville, Kentucky

Buried: Maple Grove Cemetery - Nicholasville, Kentucky


 


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